Wender Weis Foundation for Children Brings Holiday Magic to AT&T Park for 9th Annual Holiday Heroes Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 4
Hunter and Alexis Pence to receive the Inspiration Award; Jean Armstrong to receive the inaugural Community Philanthropy Award
Press Release – Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) will host its 9th Annual Holiday Heroes, a magical holiday party bringing joy to children and families, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Now in its 24th year of helping underserved children in the Bay Area, WWFC is pleased to once again host this festive fundraiser that is sure to delight all in attendance.
“Each December we take over AT&T Park for one night and turn it into a holiday wonderland. We partner with the sports teams, companies and philanthropists, and connect at-risk children with professional athletes,” said Amy Wender-Hoch, founder of Wender Weis Foundation for Children. “We create experiences that provide hope, direction and the ability to dream big. We expect to host 1,500 attendees with more than 400 underserved children and their families to a Holiday Heroes night they will never forget.”
Guests at Holiday Heroes will enjoy a chance to meet their favorite local sports heroes, such as former San Francisco Giants’ player Hunter Pence. The event includes holiday arts and crafts, stuff your own stuffed bear toy, face painting, cookie decorating, a teen lounge for kids ages 11- 17, story time with Sports Reporter Amy G, photo trading cards, and arcade games. Guests will have special access to the San Francisco Giants’ batting tunnels, dugout and a chance to run the bases. An incredible silent auction filled with one-of-a-kind experiences, trips, sports memorabilia and more will be offered throughout the night.
“Holiday Heroes is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it gives us the opportunity to help children who are in need all year long,” said Wender-Hoch. With the funds raised over the years, we’ve been able to donate $2 million to non-profits we support, host over 5,000 at-riskchildren, serve over 40,000 underserved children, and 450 professional athletes have donated their time to attend Holiday Heroes.”
VIP tickets holders will receive early entry into the ballpark and have first access to the on-field activities,including the batting tunnels and dugout, making s’mores, and enjoying appetizers and beverages. The special VIP festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with General Admission gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Ticket packages to Holiday Heroes range in price from $300 to $850, with sponsorships starting at $2,500, and are available at wenderweis.org or by calling 650.325.5302.
Proceeds from this year’s Holiday Heroes will benefit Family House Inc., Giants Community Fund, No Kid Hungry, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Warriors Community Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Team IMPACT and Generation Alive.
Hunter Pence and his wife, Alexis, will be honored with the 6th Annual Inspiration Award that is given each year to athletes who have used their sports platform to make a difference in the lives of underserved children in the Bay Area. Past recipients of the Holiday Heroes Inspiration Award are: Barry Bonds (2017), Jonny Moseley and Natalie Coughlin (2016), Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican (2015), Brandi Chastain and Brent Jones (2014), and Jennifer and Joe Montana (2013).
Jean Armstrong, Vice President, Brand Marketing at Williams Sonoma, will be honored with the inaugural Community Philanthropy Award from the Wender Weis Foundation for Children. The award recognizes her ongoing commitment to children in need, especially those who are faced with hunger.
Holiday Heroes is sponsored in part by Level Construction Supply, The EACH Foundation, TIBCOSoftware, Homesite Services, Susan Davenport and Michael Grosse, and Nicole and Charles Taylor. Alaska Airlines is the official airline hero of Holiday Heroes. Event chairs are: Michelle Gilman Jasen and Rich Jasen, and Rebecca Saroyan Robbins and Elliott Robbins. Honorary chairs are Marie Hurabiell and Mainul Mondal, and Michelle and Jody Harris.
About the Wender Weis Foundation for Children(WWFC)
Since 1994, the Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s(WWFC) focus has been to improve the lives of underserved children in the San Francisco Bay Area by supporting programs that boost self-esteem and foster self-confidence through sports, health and education. Their signature events, Holiday Heroes and Children’s Champions, offer unique event experiences for at-risk youth and raise funds that benefit some of the region’s most innovative non-profit programs for children.
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